Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) announced on January 11, 2020, the suspension of National Identity Number (NIN) as requirements for the registration of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) by applicants. JAMB is the board that coordinates and organises entrance examination for Nigeria Universities and other tertiary Institutions.
It also announced a temporary suspension of its partnership with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), in the registration and issuance of NIN to candidates.
JAMB had earlier made NIN a pre-requisite for registration for the 2020 UTME with a view to eliminating cases of impersonation as was recorded in 2019 UTME exercise.
The Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, who addressed journalists in Abuja, on January 11, 2020, said: “We had agreed that NIN would be a pre-requisite for registration for 2020 UTME which will commence on Monday. But there was public outcry on the frustrations and difficulties that candidates were subjected to before getting the NIN.
“We were forced to review our strategies and we arrived at a point that it was obvious that we could not go ahead with NIN as pre-requisite for registration because of the challenges that might affect the participation of large number of candidates.
“To this end, we have decided to suspend the use of NIN for 2020 UTME exercise. We have unanimously agreed to shift the use of NIN to 2021 when candidates must have been given enough time and opportunity to get the NIN. However, about 11, 000 of our staff, permanent and adhoc, that would participate in the exercise would still be required to submit their NIN for verification.”
The announcement was a relief to applicants, the staff of NIMC and other Nigerians because throughout the last quarter of 2019, NIMC offices nationwide are overcrowded daily with young Nigerians who struggle to get their NIN for the registration of 2020 UTME.